AFC North Notes: Browns, Ravens, Steelers

     

Browns

  • According to Nick Shook of the official team website, the Browns’ offensive line is essentially set at four positions, including LT Greg Robinson, LG Joel Bitonio, C J.C. Tretter and RT Chris Hubbard
  • At right guard, second-year G Austin Corbett and free-agent addition Eric Kush are battling for the starting spot.
  • It was presumed the Browns traded Kevin Zeitler to make room for Corbett, last year’s second-round pick, but Kush has put himself in the conversation to start with a strong spring, per Shook. 
  • Sixth-rounder Drew Forbes will likely play guard and has the inside track to a roster spot. Free-agent OT Kendall Lamm also is the favorite to be the backup tackle. 
  • Of the rest of the linemen, Shook says the Browns are highest on G Kyle Kalis and G Bryan Witzmann, though one would likely be released if the team elects to keep only nine offensive linemen. 
  • Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot believes Browns second-round CB Greedy Williams has a chance to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie. 
  • Cabot adds a trade for RB Duke Johnson would be best for both parties, as Johnson is becoming too much of a distraction for a potential third-string player. 

Ravens

Ravens second-year OT Orlando Brown says he feels “a lot more comfortable” and “more defined, a lot stronger in the weight room.”

“I’m a lot more comfortable just being out here at practice, understanding what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, what’s expected of me, my approach and my role,” Brown said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “I think that’s the biggest thing for any player coming in here is understanding your role.

Steelers

Steelers WR Donte Moncrief has bounced around a few different teams and seen a few different playbooks in his career. That experience seems to be helping him in Pittsburgh, as he’s been an early standout in the battle for the No. 2 wide receiver.  

“There’s times where you get a guy, you bring him in and he’s been in two or three different systems, those systems start running together,” Steelers WR Darryl Drake said via PennLive.com’s Jacob Klinger. “But he’s been able to distinguish the differences and go out there and do things that makes my job a lot easier because he has a feel for the position.”

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